This morning Peterson’s trial for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow began in Chester, Illinois.
Eight men and four women, with two female alternates were seated to the jury on Friday
Cameras are still not allowed in court in Randolph County, but reporters are tweeting updates during breaks.
This morning opening arguments took place and the first three witnesses – James Glasgow, former Bolingbrook Police Department deputy chief Kevin McCarthy, and FBI Special Agent Hugh Williamson were heard. after lunch, FBI special agent Ron Bratcher was called as well as the would-be hit man, himself, Antonio “The Beast” Smith.
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From the Tweets of Pete Spitler, Editor at the Randolph County Herald Tribune.
Back at it
Smith on call: “Somebody’s trying to get something done out of the world (out of the prison)”
Questioning now getting to Adrian Gabriel, who was Smith’s cellmate at Pontiac CC
Smith reading one of the letters he sent to Glasgow’s office regarding the murder-for-hire plot
Smith now reading the second letter he sent to Glasgow’s office
Nate questioning Smith about his agreement with the FBI to cooperate in recording conversations with Peterson.
Smith said his hopes were a sentence reduction as a result of his cooperation in the FBI’s investigation
Smith talking about how his uncle became involved as the one who would kill Glasgow
Smith talking about his time in receiving during his return to Menard
Smith getting questioned about other inmates he was in receiving with
Smith reading a letter he sent to Peterson asking him if he still wanted Glasgow gone
Smith talking about Peterson’s reply to his letter. Received Nov. 12 of 2014.
Smith now talking about how and when he received the recording device.
Judge Brown ends questioning at 4:26 p.m. and will resume at 9 a.m. tomorrow for continuing testimony.